Baby Hope has a family, and NYPD detectives have made contact.
But that latest development doesn’t include the explanation that we’re all waiting for in one of New York’s most infamous cold cases: What compelled everyone who knew, or more importantly, was related to that little girl to not say anything to police for more than two decades?
“I had got married the year that she was murdered,” said Ray Azcui, who moved into the Inwood section of Manhattan in 1990.
Back then, there were no trendy restaurants or lounges lining Dyckman Ave.
He says crime was rampant and people stuck to themselves until Baby Hope.
“You mind your business. You go around about yourself in your life. This place could be insane at the time. Big change,” said Ray.
A neighborhood came together as the family of the little girl found stuffed in a picnic cooler remained silent.
PIX11 wanted to hear from someone who lived in Inwood before, during, and after Baby Hope’s discovery – to get their thoughts on what the neighborhood made of the fact that no one who knew her spoke up for her.
“She’s gotta have a grandmother, grandfather, aunts. I think it did for most of the people in this neighborhood,” said Ray.
Forensic psychologist Dr. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner says there is a clinical term – justified paranoia – that could explain the intense fear that may have driven an entire family into silence.
As for Ray, who moved out of Inwood in 2005, he’s back here on new business – and says he still finds himself thinking about this neighborhood’s unfinished business.